The Importance of Exercise for Office Workers
Everyone knows that exercise is healthy, which is why many people exercise in gyms or in the comfort of their own homes. However, there is an increasing trend of companies offering workplace exercise programs for employees, as well. Even companies which do not offer specific exercise programs or equipment are at least encouraging workers to exercise more. The reasons for the increase in office exercise trends are both physical and financial. Evidence clearly illustrates that there are extra benefits of exercise, specifically for office workers and the companies they serve. When such benefits are clearly understood, workplace productivity can be greatly increased, leading to higher profits and business stability. Exercise can also help to improve social situations in the workplace and boost morale among workers. Below is information about each of the primary benefits of exercise for office workers, as well as how those benefits can positively impact entire companies.
Exercise for Office Workers Improves Worker Health and Reduces Medical Costs
Regular exercise for office workers can improve the health of workers over time. Workers with improved health typically require fewer sick days and medical leaves of absence. They may also not need to leave work early for medical appointments or related reasons very often. Therefore, healthier workers can get more work done each week, benefiting their companies.
Companies with employee wellness routines or programs in place also typically spend far less money on employee medical expenses than other companies. When health costs are lower for a company, costs to workers may also be lower. Therefore, workers may be able to save on medical insurance costs through their companies when those companies receive monetary breaks due to offering exercise programs.
Workplace Exercise Programs May Help Workers Maintain Healthy Habits
Many office workers want to improve their own general health, but find it difficult to find personal time in which to exercise. Office workers working for companies with workplace gyms, exercise equipment or daily exercise routines are more likely to maintain long-term exercise habits, improving their overall health.
Multiple studies have shown that office workers who exercise regularly are more likely to establish other healthy habits, such as improved eating habits. Establishing or supporting such habits in the workplace with regular exercise and healthy food access can help office workers to maintain those healthy habits outside of office hours. In many cases, workers who exercise in their workplaces can also spread those healthy habits to their co-workers.
Workers Who Exercise Work More and Have Better Mental Focus
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics indicate that companies lose billions of dollars each year, because workers have health-related problems. Some of those health problems cause workers to miss time at their jobs. Other health problems, such as chronic pain, can become distracting in the workplace. In either case, workplace productivity may be greatly reduced.
According to the CDC, health-related workplace productivity issues can be partially prevented through exercise. Exercising on a regular basis can reduce pain from certain chronic diseases. Mental focus is also greatly improved when office workers exercise on a regular basis. The combination of feeling physically better and focusing more can make those office workers perform their jobs in a more efficient way. Workers with improved concentration and general focus levels may also be likelier to make suggestions and implement changes to enhance productivity within their companies.
Exercise in the Workplace Can Improve Sleep Habits Leading to Other Benefits
Many office workers are under constant stress, which can take a toll on their sleeping patterns at night. However, studies have shown that office workers who exercise tend to sleep for longer periods of time at night. They also have more restful sleep patterns on average, as opposed to workers who do not exercise as much, if at all. Improved sleeping patterns can also lead to other benefits for office workers, such as boosting their immune systems, reducing depression and allowing their bodies to heal faster after illnesses or injuries.
Office Worker Exercise Programs May Lead to Improved Coworker Interactions
Regular exercise is beneficial to office workers from a social standpoint because, exercise releases mood-enhancing endorphins, which can help to foster happier moods and better relationships with coworkers. Workers who can take exercise breaks during their work days can also use exercise time to break up what would otherwise be monotonous days, and reduce workplace boredom or complacency. Less boredom and better moods can improve coworker interaction, helping office team members work together efficiently and respectfully. Consistent, positive interactions between coworkers can, in turn, improve each company’s productivity and potentially raise company profits.
Workplace Exercise May Lead to General Job Satisfaction and Less Stress
Although every workplace can be stressful at times, regular exercise can reduce general stress levels for office workers. Lower stress levels combined with other exercise benefits, like more physical comfort, less boredom and better social interactions, may improve job satisfaction. Office workers who are satisfied with their jobs are less likely to seek work elsewhere, allowing companies to keep more long-term workers. Such workers are likely to take more pride in their companies and work harder to improve workplace productivity.